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Winners and losers of Tony Romo’s decision to retire from NFL

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USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero explains why Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo decided to retire from the game and reflects on how the former All-Pro will be remembered.
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The Dallas Cowboys released Tony Romo on Tuesday so that he could pursue broadcasting opportunities. CBS Sports then quickly announced the network had signed the retired Romo to a contract that paired him with Jim Nantz and made him the network’s lead analyst.

Here are the winners and losers from the ripple effect of Romo stepping away from football.

Winners

The Cowboys: When Romo tweeted a photo of himself wearing a jacket with the CBS logo, it was clear that this was a move that was in the works for weeks. So although it may have appeared that the Cowboys were stringing Romo along, they ended up doing right by one of owner Jerry Jones’ favorite players. Dallas also breaks away from its starting QB of the previous decade pretty cleanly, allowing Dak Prescott to have the full focus and support of the entire organization in 2017.

Romo: He got his release from Dallas, so he keeps his signing bonus. And if that “competitive spirit” that he referenced on a conference call Tuesday afternoon ever becomes too big to ignore, he’ll be able to test the market and come back to the NFL pretty easily, with the Cowboys no longer holding his rights. After all, “99 percent certain” does leave the door slightly open. Romo becomes just the fifth lead football analyst in CBS history, so his new role is one with plenty of prestige.

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